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Dark side to coastal paradise

Satun, known for its stunning cluster of islands in the Andaman Sea, has been used by human smugglers as a way station en route to Malaysia. Cainan Lungsamah, a local official in southern Satun prov...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:27

Death camp found close to Thai village

Ban Taloh is the kind of place where strangers easily stick out. Its most prominent landmark is a one-story mosque at a quiet junction. Locals make a living tapping rubber and gather by a roadside t...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:27

Safe haven for traffickers

With people desperate to go abroad in search of a better future, corrupt law enforcers and money mongers with political influence in the Bangladesh coastal areas are in league with the agents of ruth...

Updated : 2015.05.13 20:21

‘Squatters’ and ‘sitters’ clash in loo debate

Property agent Wang Qi decided on modern decor for her new apartment in Beihai city in southern Guangxi. But tradition ruled when it came to the toilet. “Friends wonder why I did not opt for a sit-...

Updated : 2015.05.13 20:20

Pacquiao still the people’s champion

The scorecards were read the way they should be read. And the quick-jabbing Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked off the ring the same way he got on it ― still undefeated, except this time, he added a third ...

Updated : 2015.05.05 20:45

Former Straits Times deputy editor, ANN cofounder Felix Soh dies

Former Straits Times deputy editor Felix Soh who died of pneumonia at home on May 3. He was 63. The veteran newspaperman, who retired last November, had also been suffering from motor neuron disease...

Updated : 2015.05.05 20:45

Rebuilding, restoring Nepal after quake

Looking in from the outside, it is difficult to pinpoint how exactly Nepal can recover from this most recent catastrophic earthquake. The area within the Ring Road may seem relatively unaffected, but...

Updated : 2015.05.05 20:45

Asia News Network agrees to strengthen collaboration

Executives and editors from the member media of the Asia News Network have agreed to integrate their respective newsrooms further on news exchanges and combined reporting on Asia. ANN, an alliance o...

Updated : 2015.04.28 19:12

Sabeen, the one who never backed down

The fingers type, but I don’t feel them moving. The ears sense a commotion, but I cannot hear. The eyes fight back tears, but it’s futile to resist. How can you feel, how can you react, how can you ...

Updated : 2015.04.28 19:11

40 years after end of Vietnam War: Let bygones be bygones

Charlie Ta’s parents were boat people who fled Vietnam at the end of the war, when the economy was in a shambles. They fetched up in the Philippines as refugees and eventually settled down in Calif...

Updated : 2015.04.28 19:10

Nepal quake: Shocks spark panic across Bangladesh

People across Bangladesh got panicked by multiple foreshocks and aftershocks of the powerful earthquake which jolted Nepal and some parts of India and China yesterday. Morsheda Begum died in Dupchan...

Updated : 2015.04.26 15:38

Nepal quake: Passengers shove and trip over each other as they flee airport terminal

It was noon and my girlfriend and I were at the Tribhuvan International Airport's boarding gate 3 for our flight from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur, when the terminal building began to shake. I thought ...

Updated : 2015.04.26 15:21

Pudong marks 25 dramatic years

The Pudong New Area in Shanghai is marking its 25th anniversary ― rising from rural farmland to become an engine for economic and social development in the city and the nation. During this time, wi...

Updated : 2015.04.21 19:27

Department stores and disappearing shoppers

A typical weekday evening in town in a major department store will see empty floors and sometimes more staff than shoppers. What ails retail in Singapore, especially in big department stores? Major...

Updated : 2015.04.21 19:26

Burgers latest invention claimed by Chinese

Heated online debate has been triggered over the relationship between hamburgers and rou jia mo, a Chinese snack that has been described as “the world’s first hamburger.” Rou jia mo, which transl...

Updated : 2015.04.14 19:20